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Source: Four-year-old surgery caused Virgil Green’s slip

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Tight end Virgil Green was the 204th player drafted this past weekend, falling into the laps of the Denver Broncos with the first selection of round seven.

Entering the draft, Green was expected to be a middle-round pick whose freakish Combine workout could’ve even catapulted him into day two. So it was a surprise he went so late.

On Monday, a league source explained to PFT that Green fell for medical reasons related to four-year-old microfracture surgery on his knee.

But he never missed a single practice or game in the ensuing four seasons.

Microfracture operations often cost players explosiveness. But Green averaged 13 yards a catch in college and made first-team All-WAC as a senior. At the Combine, Green erupted for a 42 1/2-inch vertical leap, 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, and a 4.64 forty at 6-foot-3, 249.

During the three-day draft, teams were particularly cautious about players with medical issues of any kind. Robert Quinn, a surefire top-five talent, fell to No. 14 because he has a benign brain tumor that hasn’t caused him a lick of trouble since high school. Da’Quan Bowers plummeted due to knee concerns. Mark Herzlich, who came back from Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2009 to start all 13 games as a senior at Boston College, went undrafted.

We suspect that the uncertainty stemming from the lack of a CBA was at work here.

Ultimately, the Broncos may have gotten a steal in Virgil Green, and they’ll put him to use immediately.

Coach John Fox plans to use Green as a “move” tight end who floats around the formation and stretches defenses vertically. It’s a role similar to the one played by Tony Scheffler before Josh McDaniels ran him out of town.

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7 Responses to “Source: Four-year-old surgery caused Virgil Green’s slip”
  1. tombradyswig says: May 2, 2011 4:32 PM

    It’s a role similar to the one played by Tony Scheffler before Josh McDaniels ran him out of town.

    priceless Evan!!

    The effects from MCdouche will be felt for years, sorry horse fans!

  2. ttommytom says: May 2, 2011 4:36 PM

    For perspective: 42 inch vertical at his height means he has to be careful not to hit his head on a standard 10 foot basketball rim while dunking.

    Watch him dunk his first TD over the Goal Posts. That is the same 10 feet. Hopefully he won’t hit his head.

  3. ttommytom says: May 2, 2011 4:40 PM

    P.S.

    For you people doing the math and saying he will come up 2 1/2 inches short: Wrong!!!

    42 1/2 is from a standing underneath, stationary position. Off his left leg with some steam he might want to be wearing a helmet.

  4. hobartbaker says: May 2, 2011 5:04 PM

    Nice numbers. Maybe the first case in history where a surgical procedure actually make the affected area “stronger than it ever was”.

  5. granadafan says: May 2, 2011 7:38 PM

    Or maybe, just maybe, most teams ignore the workout wonders at combines after being burned by the likes of Mike Mamula, Vernon Gholston, etc. It’s the media draft “experts” that get all glassy eyed and drooly over the numbers while the general manager actually looks at tape.

  6. leftysmoke says: May 2, 2011 8:47 PM

    I remember watching the combine with my dad and this dude popped up on the screen. Dude was a BEAST. I’d say the Broncos got a steal if his knee holds up. The guy is the perfect prototype of a NFL TE.

    GO COLTS!

  7. brasho says: May 2, 2011 9:17 PM

    I thought Green looked like a young Kellen Winslow BEFORE the combine… then he blew it up… that’s crazy that a 4 year old injury would cause him to drop that much. His explosiveness is more than evident on the field and he has big soft hands. Broncos got themselves a steal.

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